deliver ShelterBox aid to Nepal’s flood victims
on = August 20, 2007, 7:09 pm
Release Author = ShelterBox
= Non Profit
Release Summary = A team of US volunteers is helping deliver
vital aid to victims of monsoon floods in one of the most remote
and dangerous regions of Nepal.
volunteers are members of a ShelterBox Response Team – sent
to Nepal by the disaster relief agency ShelterBox following terrible
floods across both the country’s lowland and Himalayan regions.
Release Body = A team of US volunteers is helping deliver vital
aid to victims of monsoon floods in one of the most remote and dangerous
regions of Nepal.
volunteers are members of a ShelterBox Response Team
– sent to Nepal by the disaster relief agency ShelterBox
following terrible floods across both the country’s lowland
and Himalayan regions.
figures from the Nepal Red Cross are that 97 people
have been killed by floods and landslides across the country and
around 363,000 people affected by the disaster, with an estimated
42,000 houses completely or partially destroyed.
– which is supported by Rotary clubs across the US and Canada
– specializes in providing emergency accommodation and other
survival essentials to disaster victims. The aid is delivered in
pre-packaged kits – the ‘ShelterBox’ –
each designed to help a family of 10 survive for at least six months.
well as sending 400 of its boxes to Nepal so far, the charity has
also deployed one of its ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs)
to oversee the operation and ensure that aid gets to the people
who need it most.
ShelterBox photographer Mark Pearson has been working
with Dave Eby, from Brentwood, Tennessee in the
district of Siraha, where some of the worst flood damage has taken
Pearson said: “We’ve been working with
the Nepal Red Cross, which estimates that more than 3,300 houses
have been destroyed in this area alone, with 11,000 people displaced."
after a reconnaissance mission by the Red Cross to assess the situation,
we delivered around 130 boxes to a village that has been completely
cut off by three swollen rivers."
were 300 families who had been living in this village without any
shelter. They had received a food drop four weeks ago and about
60 tarpaulins but that’s the only help that they’d had
up until now.”
added: “Getting aid to the village was a major operation.
Roads from the main town of Jonakapur are mainly impassable –
our 4WD Land Cruiser got stuck and we had to transfer all the boxes
to tractors. Then, after demonstrating the tents and other equipment
with the help of the Red Cross, villagers had to carry everything
on their heads across a swollen river to get back to where their
homes had once been.”
from the problems caused by the flood, this is also a dangerous
area in which to work. There are various armed groups and tension
is high after one man from the hills was shot a couple of days ago.
There’s a curfew in place and the only organization that can
operate here freely is the Red Cross so we’re delighted to
have teamed up with them.” The aid sent to Nepal also marks
a major milestone for ShelterBox as it will bring the total number
of people helped by the charity since it began operation in 2001
charity plans to send further aid to Nepal this week. For more information
or to give a donation, go to www.shelterboxusa.org:
‘donate/sponsor a Box’. Every box is
individually numbered and can be tracked by donors.
Images from previous deployments can be downloaded from ftp://www.shelterbox.org
– user name ‘shelterboxmedia’ password
‘sh5938’. Alternatively, please contact email@example.com
ShelterBox is a disaster relief charity,
whose mission is: “To provide humanitarian
aid worldwide in the form of shelter, warmth and comfort for people
displaced by natural and other disasters.”
aid is provided in the form of ‘ShelterBoxes’,
each one of which generally contains a 10-person tent, blankets,
water purification and cooking equipment, basic tools and a multi-fuel
stove. Every box is individually numbered and can be tracked by
date, ShelterBox has provided help for an estimated
500,000-plus people and responded to more than 50 emergencies worldwide
– including helping nearly 230,000 people following the 2004
Boxing Day tsunami, 138,000 people in Pakistan (Kashmir earthquake)
and 50,000 people in Africa. Recent & current deployments include
the Solomons, Pakistan and Nepal.
box costs $1000 (US) – including the cost of all materials,
packing, storage, transport worldwide and distribution to the needy.
Best value is achieved by working closely with leading UK suppliers,
all items being obtained at below trade price. Assuming six month’s
use, this equates to shelter and warmth for less than 30 pence per
person per day.
ShelterBox Trust is a UK registered charity organized
and administered by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard.
The charity’s President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
ShelterBox USA is its US affiliate which is a 501c-(3)
, headquartered in Bradenton, FL, and administered by the Rotary
Club of Lakewood Ranch, FL.
working through local Rotary clubs in the countries where disasters
have occurred, ShelterBox is often able to get aid where it is needed
faster than any other organization.
45% of funding comes as donations from the UK public. The remaining
money is raised by Rotary Clubs worldwide. At present, around 30%
of total income is from clubs in the UK, 9% from the USA, 12% from
Australia and 2% from Canada.
Site = http://www.shelterboxusa.org
Details = Beth Palmer, Executive Director
ShelterBox USA firstname.lastname@example.org
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